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Old March 9th, 2017, 05:34 AM   #31
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I'd shoot it and be dang proud of it.
Safe queens have not panned out for me.
I get a whole lot more enjoyment exploding cheap 2 liter colas.

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Old March 9th, 2017, 06:16 AM   #32
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Did anyone notice the windage knob, haven't seen that before. Thats one neat rifle, seems I've seen a hardchrome gas cyl. and oprod on here before that someone had plated afterwards. I'm sure SAI is protecting some persons identity, could have been a custom build for a Mexican general or something. They are very fond of flashy stuff kinda like a fish, all kidding aside that's a one of a kind factory job that I'd be glad to have. Where did you find it?

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Old March 9th, 2017, 11:05 AM   #33
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I believe the coating on the metal parts was called "armorhyde".
It was very popular for a time. Supposed to be a weather impervious, self lubricating coating. It was purposely applied as a mat finish.
I've seen a gun like this once that belonged to a commercial fisherman.
Not saying that it was your gun. At the time you could get any gun, or other metal thing you wanted, coated with it. The epoxy laminated stocks were also rather popular and were being cut to fit almost any gun you wanted to put one on.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 08:01 AM   #34
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I find the rifle appealing for some reason. Very unique.

Neat find, OP. Enjoy!

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Old March 17th, 2017, 08:34 AM   #35
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I believe the coating on the metal parts was called "armorhyde".
It was very popular for a time. Supposed to be a weather impervious, self lubricating coating. It was purposely applied as a mat finish.
I've seen a gun like this once that belonged to a commercial fisherman.
Not saying that it was your gun. At the time you could get any gun, or other metal thing you wanted, coated with it. The epoxy laminated stocks were also rather popular and were being cut to fit almost any gun you wanted to put one on.
the correct name of the process is "Armaloy" ... it is a very durable finish, and is still available....

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Stock looks like a Law483.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 08:57 AM   #37
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Your unique rifle is specifically mentioned in member Different's book. Page 31 , "M14 Rifle History and Development."
According to his info it left the Springfield Armory Inc. factory chromium plated with laminate stock.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #38
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That is a really cool and rare rifle to have! I think it looks great and would make a fantastic display piece!

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Old March 18th, 2017, 11:42 AM   #39
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I would be tempted to purchase 7 CMI stainless 20 rd magazines and have them bead blasted to somewhat match the hard chrome plating.

Almost makes me wish someone like LRB or JRA would make a limited run of SS M14s.

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Old March 18th, 2017, 05:42 PM   #40
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the correct name of the process is "Armaloy" ... it is a very durable finish, and is still available....
Thanks, I still remember things from 40 years ago, it's just sometimes things get lost in translation.

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